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Jul 18, 2011 10:00pm EDT
.com and "washington post" columnist e.j. dijon. he's a senior fellow at the brookings institution. e.j., the office of management and budget has come out and weighed in against cut, cap and trade saying that neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility. your thoughts on this. you've written extensively about it. what do you think? >> i think the so-called balanced budget amendment, because it's not even that, is one of the most dishonest pieces of legislation to come along. i know that saying something here in washington, it's a way of cutting your big three and a lot of other programs without actually doing it. if you'll forgive the harry potter metaphor it throws a cloak over the cuts, but if wants to limit federal spending to 18% of gdp. first of all, since when is gdp a constitutional principle? in fact, it would probably be less than that if if it were calculated on the previous year, because you don't know what gdp would be the next year. that would be 16%. that would require incredible cuts. meanwhile, it will virtually
Jul 11, 2011 10:00pm EDT
. what do you think? >> it is possible. i think they see it as a win-win. david brooks a week ago. the guys are willing to compromise, and deal, and be in the middle here. that is great for the obama brand. if the republicans take it, terrific. from their point of view, they have taken the deficit off the table. if the republicans reject them. as is happening now, republicans look like they cannot possibly take yes for an answer. if the debt ceiling caves in, the republicans will be the ones standing under it. the american people will blame them. they are probably right on the latter part. what if the republicans take the deal? the way you get, the deal of the century, if you are offering them the deal of the century, the republicans take it. democrats will be left with crummy terms. >> president obama never drew a line in the sand on the bush tax cuts in the lame duck session of congress. the universal healthcare, never even on the table. he has to have this four trillion dollar number right now. what do you make of that? >> i am concerned about it. sometimes i think that this ma
Jul 6, 2011 10:00pm EDT
brooks said it best, that the deal the democrats put on the table is essentially a no-brainer, right? they want a 3 to 1 ratio of tax revenue to spending cuts. that's three times as much spending cuts as tax revenue. and these folks walked away from the deal. i think we need to reorder our understanding of the stimulus package. the stimulus came into place to plug holes that were left in our gaping economy as a result of the real estate implosion. and if you look at the short term versus the long term effects of this, if we did not repair our economy in the ways in which democrats are proposing, what's going to happen, you're going to see after school care, other social services programs diminished. they want to eradicate the child care credit. the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 are the most vital hours for kids in terms of teenage pregnancy and other issues. >> the president continues to put out the olive branchs and have an aim yabl tone about it. can we expect anything from this meeting that's going to take place tomorrow? will there be any compromise that will be advantageous to american
Jul 13, 2011 10:00pm EDT
this amazing. >> the columnists, the conservative columnist from the new york times brooks made the point that these guys can't take yes for an answer. they've won. they already have obama making far more concessions in my view, than he should have made. but it's still not good enough for them. >> and finally, did the president do the right thing tonight from the reports that you've heard the way he handled that meeting and his stance right now? >> absolutely. i think the american people are catching on that republican on continue answer saying it's their way or the highway is not what american government is supposed to be about. i think the president did do the right thing. >> if the president has the republicans taking this deal, i don't know how he gets re-elected. i don't know how those basers go out there and write the $25 checks. i don't know how they go door to door, keep the confidence. >> i don't think that's the end result going to be. i think you're going to see kind of a stalemate, no significant action on deficit reduction right now, but in fact, no default. probably the best
Jul 19, 2011 10:00pm EDT
. >> a member of parliament asked murdoch about one of his top executives, rebekah brooks, who admitted to paying bribes in 2003. >> did you or anyone else at your organization investigate this at the time? >> no. >> can you explain why? >> i didn't know of it. >> he didn't know about that one either. murdoch's testimony was reminding me of another famous hearing. do you remember frank from the godfather? >> i ask you again, you are now under oath. were you at any time a member of a crime organization headed by michael corlione. >> i don't know nothing about that. >> i don't know anything about that stuff. when he wasn't suffering from amnesia, he was defiant. he claimed no knowledge of huge payouts to informants at "news of the world." >> surely in weekly conversations with editor of "news of the world," paying somebody a million pounds or 700 thousand pounds, surely you would expect the editor to drop it into the conversation at some point during your weekly chat? >> no. >> you wouldn't expect them to say that. >> no. >> even though he said he was sorry for the scandal, he passed the
Jul 25, 2011 10:00pm EDT
to compromise, i think is really missing the point. you know, that's what -- david brooks is really fed up with the inability to compromise. poor people and people who have lost their jobs, that's not the number one thing they're fed up with. people who have lost their houses, that's not the number one thing they're fed up with. so i think the president continues to frame it in a very republicanรง way and i'm not su he's winning. you know, he's going to call a deal if we don't have a default. he's going to say he won, but a lot of people are going to lose if we get the reid plan. >> the president tonight said he would embrace the reid plan, but he didn't emphatically play to his base. michael, what do you make of that? he did not get partisan on this. he talked about acceptable boundaries. what do you think? >> i think joan is right. it's about the optics. listen, obama is assured that his base, even though the progressives are fed up and certainly disenchanted with some of the concessions and capitulations, as you've talked about, what he understands is that they're going to stand behind
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